Newsletter: “A thunderous little book”

(June 06, 2019) As spring turns to summer, it’s time to note that Washington once again failed to do any spring cleaning of the regulatory state. Scores of obsolete laws, duplicative programs, and overlapping regulations are the norm, not the exception. Congress treats outdated laws as immutable features of nature.

A recent GAO report identifies over a dozen duplicative and fragmented federal programs. A recent Business Roundtable report offers concrete examples of redundant oversight and inspections. Citing Philip’s work, AIER’s Adam Thierer observes, “Unfortunately, governments almost never engage in their own spring-cleaning exercise.” Laws accumulate “until they suffocate not only economic opportunity, but also the effective administration of government itself.”

Financial Times columnist Gillian Tett this week reviewed Try Common Sense, calling it “a thunderous little book.”

Reviewing Try Common Sense today in the Washington Examiner, Quin Hillyer writes that the book is “masterful” and “engrossingly readable and wise.” He concludes that you should “demand that your elected officials read it – and act according to Howard’s advice.”

And writing for Law & Liberty, Charlotte Allen describes it as “an engagingly written and never-dull aperçu that pinpoints with deadly accuracy in only a few pages so much that is wrong with the current American administrative state.”

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